About TotalFlex

The TotalFlex project is a project under the ForskEL programme - Energinet.dk's programme for supporting research and development within eco-friendly electricity production technologies. The project will run from 2012-2015 and is based on the results of a number of earlier research projects within a.o. Smart Grid and Home Automation.

The project brings together a number of the leading public and private actors within Smart Grid in Denmark:

CISS - Center for Embedded Software Systems at Aalborg University
Copenhagen Business School
Daisy - Center for Data-Intensive Systems at Aalborg University
HCI - the Human-Computer Interaction research unit at Aalborg University
Neogrid Technologies
NEAS Energy
Zense Technology


More and more power from renewable sources like wind and solar is fed into the power grid. This means a more fluctuating power production and it calls for more flexibility in local production and consumption. The alternative is expensive adjustable fossil based power production from large plants or purchase of expensive power across the borders.

Increase in power consumption from mainly electric vehicles and heat pumps may overload the power grid in the future, especially in peak demand situations. Solutions to this are either to shift part of the consumption away from the peaks or to extend the capacity of distribution grid.

The aim of TotalFlex is to establish a flexible electricity grid that includes the entire food chain from production to end user - and which can give everyone involved financial and environmental benefits.This vision is to develop a cost-effective, market-based system that utilizes total flexibility in energy demand and production, taking balance and grid constraints into account.
This entails a.o.:
- data collection on energy consumption and production
- flexibility in electricity distribution, allowing the producer with the cheapest electricity to deliver power when it is needed
- flexibility in electricity production, utilizing the increased production from e.g. wind and solar sources
- flexibility in supply, providing the consumer with the least flexible power demand (e.g. a machine needing to run at a specific time) with power at a specific time, rather than a flexible consumer who can e.g. wait until nighttime to charge an electric vehicle - thus avoiding bottlenecks in the distribution grid at times of peak demand.
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